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Not long after reading Notes, I picked it up again to have the same experience. And it didn't let me down. Wilson's book is pure magic, causing one to think about life and everything that happens in it as stemming from the Creator of it all. It is an overwhelming and beautiful work on the existence of a Creator in the midst of this spinning ball we call earth. From focusing on the minutest insects to the complexities of life, Notes will take you on a thrilling ride at the carnival.
It deserves to be read with care, and more than once. And if you don't have room on your shelf for another book, then get this because it worthy of replacing almost anything on your shelf.
Here is just a small sample of Wilson's writing:
Three postcards await our perusal, yea, three visions of a world.
One: I see a theme park where there are lots of rides, but there is nobody who can control them and nobody who knows how the rides end. Grief counseling, however, is included in the price of admission.
Two: I see an accident. An explosion of some kind inhabited by happenstantial life forms. A milk spill gone bacterial, only with more flame. It has no meaning or purpose or master. It simply is.
Three: I see a stage, a world where every scene is crafted. Where men act out their lives with tapestry, where meaning and beauty exist, where right and wrong are more than imagined constructs. There is evil. There is darkness. There is the Winter of tragedy, every life ending, churned back in the soil. But the tragedy leads to Spring. The story does not end in frozen death. The fields are sown in grief. The harvest will be reaped in joy. I see a Master's painting. I listen to a Master's prose. When darkness falls on me, when I stand on my corner of the stage and hear my cue, when I know my final scene has come and I must exit, I will go into the ground like corn, waiting for the Son.
I see my world (pg. 76-77).
At the end of the book, you'll know you've been on a ride, roller coaster, tilt-a-whirl or whatever you want to call it. You'll know you've been through Elfland, had a conversation with a guy who knows Job & Jesus and arrived back on the ground with bugs in your hair and a smile on your face. Next please.
Mr. Wilson has a no-holds-barred approach to living, in particular living and defending a Christian life, to the fullest extent of human nature. His encouragement to accept what God throws our way is refreshing, although his blind reformation attitudes are a weak spot in his philosophy.
If you love C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton you will love this. It feels younger than they do, but no less shocking or true. If you do not know Lewis or Chesterton read this, then start reading them. If Wilson has more like Notes From the Tilt a Whirl he could fill their shoes for this generation.